Music Reviewer Says Shen Yun Is ‘A colourful and musical spectacular’

Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 9, 2013 Last Updated: February 9, 2013
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AUCKLAND, New Zealand—Andrew Buchanan-Smart, a music reviewer, called the Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company’s display of classical Chinese dance and ethnic dances at Auckland’s Civic Theatre, on Feb. 9, “a colourful and musical spectacular.”

Shen Yun was created in 2006 when a group of Chinese artists met in New York with the aim of presenting to the world China’s authentic traditional culture. Shen Yun is translated as ‘divine beings dancing’, says its website.

Mr. Buchanan-Smart said, “amazing choreography, costumes and dancing, absolutely fantastic.” He also enjoyed the ‘physicality” and “togetherness” of the dancers. “Their leaps and tumbles and jumps, amazing, really enjoying it,” he added.

Classical Chinese dance is one of the most rigorous and disciplined art forms in the world.

Mrs. Sue Buchanan-Smart, a garden designer, marvelled at the story telling of the dancers—stories that took the audience through 5000 years of ancient Chinese culture.

“I think the costumes are outstanding. The colours, their [the dancers] precision, their accuracy,” were all a source of the admiration Mrs. Buchanan-Smart held for the performance.

She very pleased that the show had been accompanied by a full orchestra.

The Shen Yun Performing Arts Orchestra is a combined classical European philharmonic orchestra which has added traditional Eastern instrument to great effect.

Reporting by Margo MacVicar and Diane Cordemans.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will be playing at Sydney, Australia’s Capitol Theatre,  Feb. 11 to 12, and Canberra Theatre, Feb. 15 to 17. For more information, visit

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